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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Mean Girls

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Power struggles. Bitter rivalries. Jealousy. Betrayals. Star-crossed lovers. When you consider all these plot points, it's pretty surprising William Shakespeare didn't write Mean Girls. But now fans can treat themselves to the epic drama--and heroic hilarity--of the classic teen comedy rendered with the wit, flair, and iambic pentameter of the Bard. Our heroine Cady disgui ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Quirk Books
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Justin Tate
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! Shakespearean language is the perfect fit for Mean Girls. I've often fantasized of iambic pentameter returning to fashion. These Quirk Book mashups may be as close as it gets, but I'm not disappointed. Like Shakespeare, it's best to experience this performed and I have to say the full cast audiobook nails it. The only way to read this book, in my opinion.

If it seems like a gimmick, it is, but a really really really well-done gimmick. I like that some original Shakespeare is peppered i
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Jessica
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quirk-books, poetry
I received this book for free from the publisher (Quirk Books) in exchange for an honest review.

OMG this book was hilarious! Mean Girls is one of my all time favorite movies so I was so excited to read this book.

This book is basically the entire Mean Girls movie turned into a Shakespearean play. The author did an amazing job translating it into a Shakespeare play. All the iconic lines (“You go Glen Coco!”, “The limit does not exist”, etc.) were given a Shakespeare makeover. Even “Jingle Bell R
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OutlawPoet
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On Wednesdays we wear...Ruffs?


For this to be a successful read, you should really love two things: Shakespeare and Mean Girls. Yep, this is a wonderfully funny and sly homage to Mean Girls...in Shakespearean English.

There are some sly Easter Eggs for fans of the movie - punny uses of Fey and fey for example and The Bard's wit seems to mesh perfectly with the film's wit.

The story is funny and well told and, yes, I think Will would have gotten a kick out of the drama, betrayals and tragedy of...hi
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Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, physical-2019
What a fun read! I adore this movie so much so reading it like a Shakespeare play was amazing.

Huge thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book! ❤
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Mandy
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a finished copy courtesy of a Quirk Books. I am grateful for the opportunity to review a book for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

Omigosh, this was so much fun. I want to go binge watch this movie again and bask in its iconicness again. This totally is exactly how you thought it would go with Shakespeare and Mean Girls fun.

This story is honestly if Mean Girls takes place
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Ashley (pawingthroughpages)
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-tbr
This is by far the most entertaining way to read Shakespeare.
Kales
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
You have to start listening to these plays. They are hilarious and fun and such a creative way of reexamining Shakespeare and pop culture classics.

The full cast audio is brilliant. Everyone does a great job and you can tell the different actors really well. It makes the whole experience much more enjoyable.

The one thing about this adaptation, I thought a lot of the narration and asides were confusing. I know it was in lieu of the voice over in the movie but it was difficult to translate to the
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Samantha Colwell
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I was shocked and amazed at how well the words of my beloved bard melded into every line of Mean Girls. I laughed, I took frequent screen shots, I sent lines to everyone I could think of—this adaption is clever, hilarious, and so satisfying. The translated sketches are also a nice touch, making the Slam Book look like a witch’s book of shadows in a high school Shakespeare textbook. I bought a copy of this already because I knew I needed to own it for posterity, so that should be a glowing review ...more
Linda Abhors the New GR Design
I think it's meant more for fans of "Mean Girls" who like/can tolerate iambic pentameter than it is for Shakespeare fans. I've never seen "Mean Girls", so got a few references, but some went over my head. Still, I think the idea is clever, and i would probably read another one of his mashups.
Beth
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, poetry, retellings
Necessary? No.
Funny and entertaining? Yes.

“On Wednesdays, we array ourselves in pink!”

Thanks to Netgalley and Quirk Books for the ARC
Joi
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
'Tis fairly fetch. Cute "retelling" of Mean Girls as a Shakespeare play. This is literally the movie Mean Girls, written in Shakespearean language, set as a play. I appreciated the afterword which explained some of the pentameter, some of the themes to look for and why they are reminiscent of early works. I loved finding bits of "hidden" references within the lines (Many from Much Ado About Nothing). I liked that each girl was reminiscent of an actual character from a play.

Some lines were absol
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Bethany
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Quirk Books for sending me a review copy of this highly entertaining book! In the same vein as the Shakespeare Star Wars series, Ian Doescher repackages the classic film Mean Girls in iambic pentameter and Shakespearean language, with very funny results. As a bit of a Shakespeare nerd who is relatively familiar with that language, I found this to be often hilarious and a very easy read. This will probably appeal to others who can navigate Shakespearean language and don't mind an irreve ...more
Jules
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5*

I'm always impressed by the innovative ideas some people come up with. Mean Girls in iambic pentameter? Hilarious! This book combines two things I love: Shakespeare and the chick flick classic "Mean Girls". This book was right up my alley and I can't wait to find a place on my bookshelf for it next to the collected works of the Bard of Avon (so he'll be in good company there).
Amber
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parodies
such fun to read!
Zach
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I watched this movie just to read the book. Backwards I know, but I’ve never seen this before.

Anyway, the book was hilarious and spot on.
Alicia Herrington
Librarian: Question, how do you get kids interested in learning the basics of Shakespearean literature? How do you get them to understand the idea of iambic pentameter, or get them introduced to the way that Shakespearean language sounds, or how it looks on the page? Well, if you're Ian Doescher, you take classic films and rewrite them into plays that read exactly as they would if the Bard himself had written them.
Many students actively resist the idea of studying Shakespeare. They think that hi
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Crystal
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The minute I saw this title offered on Netgalley, I put in a request, and I was delighted when it was granted. How could I wait til the release date? It is the book I never knew I always wanted. A hilarious modern movie meets my love of Shakespeare? Perfect! And frankly, it really is kind of perfect. If you've seen Mean Girls, you know the plot (the connection of Much Ado specifically is pretty tenuous). The book seems to follow the movie very closely. So the charm is in the language, and how it ...more
CompletelyBooked
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This booketh wast truly a excit'ment and unique taketh on cullionly girls. I did want to giveth t a did shoot coequal though i’ve nev'r been able to standeth shakespearean writing, but i genuinely did enjoy reading this booketh! this booketh is fantastic to readeth if 't be true thee needeth a valorous chuckle :)
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(Now for my normal review 😂)
This book was truly a fun and unique take on Mean Girls. I wanted to give it a shot even though I’ve never been able to stand Shakespearean writing, but I ge
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Tom Denker
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GRETCHEN
Behold, her cheecks are redder than her tunic.
Thou lovest him and he thinks well of thee.
'Tis Fetch!

REGINA
—Nay, Gretchen, "fetch" shall never catch,
Stop hosting an event on one attends.
It shall not hap—the zeitgeist thou art not.
The fad is bad; I'm mad and thou art sad.

[Exeunt Regina, Karen, and Aaron]

GRETCHEN
O, when I am again in English class,
I know what is th’report that I shall make:
We study Caesar and his mighty acts;
I’ll lay him low. For who is Caesar, eh?
And wherefore shoul
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Karissa Fast
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a combination of two things that I truly love: Shakespeare and Mean Girls. I expect that many others will feel the same extreme draw towards it. It is brilliantly written, with great respect for both Shakespeare and Mean Girls. In fact, it basically transcribes the movie line for line into Shakespearean language. It is a fun read. You can almost hear the actors' voices while reading. The author did a great job of maintaining the characters' voices within the Shakespearean language. ...more
Breanna
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I tried to write this review in iambic pentameter, but turns out it’s a lot harder than Ian Doescher makes it look. He does such a good job of reimagining beloved quotes and classic scenes from Mean Girls into a Shakespeare play that you’ll start to wonder if the Bard himself has returned as a Tina Fey fan. The limit may not exist, but I am so glad that this book does.
Alfie Rowland
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mean Girls is an absolute cult classic film and personally one of my all time favourites, and now Ian Doescher (author of the Shakespearean Star Wars books) has made it his own and Shakespearised it. If you haven't seen Mean Girls (I'm shocked that I'm still meeting people who haven't seen it) then here's the story...

Cady Heron, our heroine, moves from Africa where her parents were research zoologists to North Shore High where she has no understanding of life as an American teenager. After strug
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Andrew
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A goddamned masterpiece.
Rach
Apr 16, 2019 added it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf
DNF at 19%

Forgot how much I loathe reading anything in play form.
Leah (Jane Speare)
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
So funny! Will have you laughing out loud.
Natalie
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
That was SO. FETCH. And straight up hilarious.
Lisa
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious! A quick, funny read for fans of Mean Girls. Fetch!
Bekah Irwin
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I actually hate the movie Mean Girls, but I have to read every book Ian Doescher releases because that man is a freaking genius and gift to the world. Everything is better in Shakespearian verse and this book was no exception. Honestly, I nearly cried at the end. And it helped me realize something: I don't hate the story of Mean Girls as a whole, I hate watching girls being mean. In reading this book, I eliminated the "watching" factor, but Ian Doescher eliminated the basic white girl trash talk ...more
Cathy
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Publication date: April 23, 2019
My thoughts:
The 2004 movie Mean Girls is a classic hyperbole about the subgroups in a suburban high school. The story is about the innocent, sheltered Cady, fresh from her home schooling experience in Africa coming across the politics of this very vicious social experience that is called American high school where the haves and have nots exist best when everyone understands the role they play and no one tries to move amongst social groups.

I think Shakespeare woul
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Marie
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Quirk Books (Random House). Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Since I am a massive fan of the movie "Mean Girls" and I can recite the story and many many quotes in my sleep, it was no surprise to me that I couldn't put his book down.
This play/novel/book (?) narrates the premise of "Mean Girl" as if it were written in 16th-17th century. As it is written entirely in the style of an Elizabethan/Shakespearean play (speckled wit
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